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Edina Takes On Distracted Driving

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By Telly Mamayek, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

EDINA (WCCO) — Edina is taking a city-wide approach to tackle the problem of distracted driving. Police and school officials will hold a community forum on the issue Monday night.

The event is aimed at parents.

“We need to get through to parents that it’s not other people’s kids, it’s your kids, it’s my kids that are doing this,” said Edina Police Chief Jeff Long.

Long said parents can revoke their child’s drivers license, if that child is under 18, by filling out a form and sending it to the state.

Edina School District officials also will present results of a survey of high school students on effective ways to get the safety message across to their peers.

“They didn’t feel straight-out lectures were working for them,” said Long.

Ideas include rewarding teens for good driving behavior, safety announcements at the end of the school day and holding a driving rodeo that shows how distractions impair drivers.

The community forum on distracted driving is planned from 6:30 to 8pm Monday at the Edina High School Performing Arts Center.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Telly Mamayek Reports

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